Truth About Communism: Part IV

Karl Marx defined socialism as a pit stop between capitalism and communism. While sometimes this change happens slowly, it always ends badly. The quickest and worst example of this transition is Chairman Mao, the greatest mass murder of the 20th century. Mao Zedong used his power to crush the Chinese people in a merciless attempt to create a new socialist China. The majority of his crimes came in two distinct waves --- The Great Leap Forward, beginning in 1958, and the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. In the end, an estimated 65 million Chinese had died by execution, imprisonment or forced famine.

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GLENN: The story of America is really one of self-reliance and optimism. And profound faith. Not only in the context of religious freedom, but also in the unprecedented faith in the able to of human beings to control their own destiny. And while the spirit of personal responsibility was extraordinary, strong with our Founders, great patriots like Thomas Paine argued for redistribution of wealth right off the bat. Alexander Hamilton wanted a central bank. They wound up losing those battles, but there were plenty who kept on fighting.

The Constitution of the United States kept those dogs at bay for a better part of 200 years. But eventually, those seeking a different path than the ones the founders settled on, realized only way to really defeat the Constitution was for the people to stop reading it. Progressives realized victory required changing history. And to defeat them, we have to correct that.

Progressives know how powerful history is. When these truths are told and the lies get corrected, the game is going to be on. It's pulling the mask off, like Che Guevara. Che may make communism look cool and trendy, but the reality couldn't be more horrific and disgusting. These related political philosophies are not hip and are certainly not taken lightly. Karl Marx defined socialism as a pit stop between capitalism and communism. It isn't an end point. While sometimes this change happens slowly, it always ends badly. And perhaps never worse than with Chairman Mao. Mao used his power to crush the Chinese people. The majority his crimes came in two distinct waves.

Lee Edwards explained.

VOICE: From 1959 to 1961 was the so-called Great Leap Forward, which was actually a gigantic leap backwards in which he tried to collectivize and communize agriculture, and they came to him after the first year and said, Chairman, 5 million people have died of famine.

And he said, no matter. Keep going.

The second year they said 10 million Chinese have died.

And he said, no matter, continue.

The third year, 20 million Chinese have died and he said, finally, well, perhaps this is not the best idea that I've ever had.

VOICE: A survivor of the Mao regime recalls.

VOICE: When he was told his people were dying of starvation, Mao said educate the peasant to eat less. Death haze benefits. It fertilizes the land.

GLENN: Mao's approach turned from brutal indifference to revenge. With a cultural revolution, his messing was to destroy both enemies and intellectuals.

VOICE: Professors, teachers added in the corner with a dunce cap. They were made to get down on all fours and bark like a dog.

GLENN: Jung Chang and her family found themselves in Mao's crosshairs.

VOICE: My father was one of the few who stood up to Mao and protested the cultural revolution. My mother was under tremendous pressure to denounce my father. She refused. And so as a result, my mother was made to kneel on broken glass. She was paraded in the streets where children spat and threw stones at her. She was excited to a camp.

GLENN: When her father wrote to protest the cultural revolution, he paid the ultimate price.

VOICE: My mother tried to stop him. My mother said, you don't want to ruin the lives of your children. So he said, what about the children of the victims. As a result, he was imprisoned, touted, driven insane. He was exiled to a camp and died prematurely tragically.

GLENN: Has a victim of Mao's rushing rule. Jung Chang's father was not alone.

VOICE: Some 65 million Chinese died under Maoist communism.

VOICE: Mao just didn't care. And he said for all his project to take off, half of China may well have to die.

VOICE: By a ratio of three or four to 1, we certainly can say that Mao was the greatest mass murderer of the 20th century.

GLENN: Which makes this comment by former House White House communications director, Anita Dunn, so incredibly disturbing.

VOICE: Two of my favorite philosophers, Mao Zedong and Mother Teresa.

GLENN: Dunn's comments, once again, highlight the treatment that leftist totalitarianism receives by too many in our society. Communism is looked at as something we can borrow from, liberally, even today. But the truth is that it is among history's the most proficient killers.

VOICE: According to the Black Book of Communism published by Harvard University Press, nearly 100 million people died under communism in the 20th century. It all flows out of this idea that the communists think that they can create a new society. And anybody who gets in their way, they will cut down. They will kill. They will imprison. And they will eliminate in pursuit of that goal.

GLENN: This was an idea shared by more people than you would think. Including Nobel prize winner and famous playwright, George Bernard Shaw.

VOICE: Now we'll be kind of enough to justify your existence if you're not producing as much as you consume -- (indiscernible) more, then clearly we cannot use the big organization of our society for the purpose of keeping you alive, your life does not benefit us, and it can't be of very much use to yourself.

GLENN: And this was actually somewhat subtle for Shaw. He'd also foreshadowed some of the worst atrocities in our planet's history he wrote, I appeal to the chemists to discover a humane gas that will kill instantly and painlessly. In short, a gentlemanly gas, deadly by all means. But humane, not cruel.

VOICE: Jonah Goldberg, author of the liberal fascism, explains.

VOICE: People like George Bernard Shaw were convinced that overpopulation was this terrible, terrible problem particularly because the unfit, the genetically less desired, were watching the good genetic types. In the late 19th century, there are almost the cream of British intelligencia, embracing eugenics, well into the early 20th century, saying that thousands, millions had to be march off into gas chambers and liquidated.

George Bernard Shaw has this great line where he says, you know, we should do it while playing lovely classical music as we march them into the gas chambers. A lot of people seem to think that this concept of the gas chamber as a tool of social policy was invented by the Nazis. It wasn't. And I mean in this the most gusting, evil way. It was perfected by the Nazis. But the idea of using things like gas chambers to kill off millions of people so that the rest of the good guys could prosper and move to the sunny uplands of history was immensely popular.

GLENN: With 100 million killed, communism exists in a very exclusive club. Alongside the planet's worst communicable diseases like smallpox and the bubonic plague. But it's not just communism. It's the truth of any government with too much power. Some government is of course necessary. But too much is suicidal. Every all-powerful government has elements of what Marx called the revolutionary holocaust.

The relentless pursuit of nirvana. And the price it's worth paying to get there in human life.

It's only by understanding history that we can stop this from happening again and again and again.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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